Conflict – Step #1
Conflict – Step #2
Cool Down . . .
Another Positive Step
Lunch in the Park
Waiting to Cross
Phone + Sidewalk = ?
In a hurry
Filed under Riding in Albany
Tagged as advocacy, City Review, Riding in Albany
Your attitude against biking on sidewalks is jaded and self defeating. You are quick to point out that cyclists shouldn’t be on walkways, the reality is a collision with people is rare and if it happens is non-fatal. Also albany sidewalks are laughably vacant and we do not have pedestrian congestion like larger cities, or even troy, does. I grew up in the west end, and as a kid one of the best experiences i have had was riding bikes all over albanys sidewalks, safe from traffic. While I understand your political stance in trying to turn albany into NYC, understand you have a gifted view and it is a bit insulting to people who grew up inner city riding on sidewalks. Not every part of albany is madison ave or lark street. Go riding down on 2nd street sometime and tell me if you would rather been in the street or on the sidewalk. You hardcore cyclists just never get it — cycling in streets is a ridiculously dangerous activity, that will the majority of people never would do. The attitude that it is “ghetto” to ride a sidewalk is ridiculous and literally stops people from viewing cycling as a something to do in our little city. Even with bike lanes, its still all fake – nobody is going to take that risk with their kids, and these kids grow up with the same appreciation of risk. You would be better off pushing for a plan to make sidewalks more bike friendly.
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